In the hours between this week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and President Donald Trump’s retaliatory missile strike, conspiracy theorists worked to discredit the civilian deaths. They called it a "false flag" operation desig
Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal: Claims about Illegal Immigrants in California-Mostly Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: A commentary known as “Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal” has been circulating since 2010 and makes claims about the economic impact ofÂ
Here's a list of the stories we're reading to better understand the current situation in Syria and the significance of the U.S. airstrikes. Latest developments Syria Deeply, an independent digital media project, offers nuanced, specific coverag
Supporters of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination describe him as a “mainstream judge.” Their evidence: He has voted nearly 99 percent of the time with the majority on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and 97 percent o
Rep. Steve King wrongly suggested that “28 percent of the inmates in our federal penitentiaries” are immigrants in the country illegally. About 21 percent of federal inmates are non-U.S. citizens, but that includes immigrants who came to th
Susan Rice Unmasked Trump Transition Team, Leaked Information-Truth! & Fiction! & Unproven!Â Summary of eRumor: Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice requested that the identities of Trump transition team officials be unmasked in intelli
President Donald Trump said the Obama administration “had a great opportunity to solve” the crisis in Syria when Obama set a “red line” for military intervention. But when Obama didn’t launch such intervention, “I th
The New York Yankees did not invent pinstriped uniforms, nor did they adopt them to hide Babe Ruth's girth.
While calling for new infrastructure investments, President Donald Trump distorted the facts about President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill. Trump described it as an “infrastructure bill” but “[n]obody ever saw anything being
Q: Did all eight Supreme Court justices write a letter opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill a court vacancy? A: No. That false claim was made on a liberal website that misrepresented a court ruling regarding the Individuals with Disa
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump flubs how unemployment is calculated At a town hall with CEOs, President Donald Trump revived some of his longstanding concerns about how the nation’s unemployment statistics are calculated. Appear
Trump Rule: The Congressional Reform Act of 2017 to Fix Congress-Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump has proposed the “Trump Rule” to fix Congress for good, and he has proposed the Congressional Reform Act of 2017 to accomp
Body of Missing White House Intern Margaret Sanguay Found-Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: The body of missing Margaret Sanguay, a White House intern who has been missing since 1994, was found hidden in the same burial plot as former White House counsel V
This week, a reader sent us comments on the reasons behind lower physician participation in Medicaid, as compared with private insurance or Medicare. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email we receive. Readers can send comments to editor
Kangaroos Being Introduced inÂ Wyoming-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The Wyoming Wild Game Department and the Wyoming Migration Initiative have teamed up to introduce the first 90 kangaroos in Wyoming in what’s become known as “Operation Sage
In anÂ address to law enforcement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made twoÂ dubious claims about marijuana and opioids: SessionsÂ said marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin, an illicit opioid. Experts says heroin is thre
With S.J. Res. 34, Congress Allows Internet Providers to Sell Your Browsing History-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Congress has approved S.J. Res. 34, which would repeal an Obama-era internet privacy rule that prevented Internet service p
As the Senate considers Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, senators on both sides have engaged in partisan spin over the number of votes required to approve his nomination: Sen. Bernie Sanders falsely claimed the Senate “requires 60 votes
A photograph showing a 'When You Date a White' poster in Seattle is real, but Emerald City Antifa said that they were not responsible for the message.
Warning from Shell Oil Company About Climate Change-Truth!Â Summary of eRumor: Shell Oil Company released a 1991 video about the “catastrophic risks”Â of climate changeÂ that warned about rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, cli
Obama Aide Evelyn Farkas Admits Spying on Donald Trump’s Team-Mostly Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: Former Obama administration aide Evelyn Farkas admitted in an appearance on MSNBC that she helped President Obama spy on President Trump’s ca
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Jeff Sessions exaggerates claim about 'sanctuary' policies and violating federal law Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "sanctuary cities" that won’t cooperate immigration authorities are
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee owns stock in a California winery that says they sold 22 cases of wine to a Russian distributor in 2013.
Hillary Clinton Sold 20 Percent of America’sÂ Uranium to Russia-MostlyÂ Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump has repeated the claim that Hillary Clinton sold 20 percent of America’sÂ Uranium to Russia while secretary of stat
The White House is delivering mixed messages on whether it will keep trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, while other Republicans say they are committed to that plan. In their first attempt since President Donald Trump took office, Hou
In seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has said “one out of every three physicians in this nation aren’t seeing Medicaid patients.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said “m
The Internal Revenue Service granted nonprofit status in 2014 to an organization that now sponsors "After School Satan" clubs, two years before they were created.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made two false claims about the Paris Accord, a global agreement aimed at addressing climate change: He claimed China and India are “the
Rep. Adam Schiff laid out a series of “coincidences” to build a circumstantial case that President Trump’s campaign associates may have colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. But one of his âcoincidencesâ
Congress Approves Killing Hibernating Bears and Denned Wolves- Truth! & Misleading!Â Summary of eRumor: The House of RepresentativesÂ and the Senate have approved Â legislation that would role back federal protections that prohibit the killing of
Larry Klayman Releases Proof of FBI Director Jim Comey Massive Cover Up-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Conservative attorney Larry Klayman has released 600 million pages of information from a whistleblower about NSA wiretapping that proves FBI Director J
Circulating social media message warns you not to accept a friend request from Agent Sharon Anderson Terry, Arnecia Downing, Christopher Davies, or Jessica Davies because they are hackers who can take control of your computer. The message also warns y
A woman traveling from Colorado says two girls were barred from flying until they changed their clothes.
Facebook Page claims that users can get a chance to win a new Nokia 3310 just by liking the Page, sharing the post, and adding a comment specifying what colour phone they would like.
The demise of the American Health Care Act closes a chapter in the Republicans’ seven-year quest to topple the Affordable Care Act. It would be hard to name a battle that has generated more checkable claims -- PolitiFact has checked more than 1,4
Q: Did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price say “it’s better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly”? A: No. That’s another made-up quote from a “news/satire” website. FULL QUESTION Did Tom Pr
Republicans repeatedly claim that Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” collapsing of its own weight. This is wishful thinking on their part, with little evidence to support it. Examples of the GOP line: “[T]he law is collapsing,”
History of the Car Radio-Truth! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A “History of the care Radio” commentary states that two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering developed the first car radio after one of their girlfriends suggest
There is still no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s tweets accusing President Barack Obama of illegally “tapping my phones in October” during the “very sacred election process.” In a March 22 interview with Time
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Discussing health care, Mike Pence is wrong about how car insurance works During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to allow Americans to buy health insurance across state lines. The idea is not ne